Minister praises Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s dedication to apprentices
Mactaggart & Mickel Group welcomed Annabelle Ewing MSP, minister for youth and women’s employment, to one of its leading developments yesterday as the company marked Scottish Apprenticeship Week (18-22 May).
Ms Ewing visited the Polnoon development in Eaglesham, which follows the guidance of the Scottish Government’s Designing Streets agenda. Created to meet the needs of pedestrians rather than vehicles, it encapsulates a new design approach to build a better quality living environment.
During the visit Ms Ewing was introduced to a number of apprentices and tradespeople who shared their experiences of working with the company. She also met Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s HR director, Marion Forbes, who provided insight into the firm’s ethos and practices when recruiting apprentices.
Having originally recruited many of its current managers as apprentices, and employing between two and four apprentices each year since 2009, Mactaggart & Mickel Group has an ongoing commitment to support apprenticeships in the construction sector – evidenced by its apprentice retention throughout a challenging economic climate.
Renowned for being an employer of choice, the family housebuilder is recognised for developing staff.
Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, who began his career with the company as an apprentice painter, said: “We’re committed to nurturing future generations and recognise that in the current environment, with skill shortages looming, investment is critical.
“Skills development has to be at the heart of recovery for businesses to grow and economies to flourish. At Mactaggart & Mickel Group, we make it our mission to ensure skills are passed down to the younger members of our workforce through mentoring programmes. Apprenticeships are a great way to nurture the next generation, securing a skilled workforce for the construction sector for years to come.”
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